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"You will learn to preserve your Life Force, and so, manifest a consciousness which will allow you to commune with the living after death."
―The spirit of Qui-Gon Jinn, communing with Yoda[src]

Through special training, certain beings were able to appear as Force spirits through the Force.[6] The knowledge was open only to those who followed the light side,[1] so the only known individuals with the ability to manifest after death were Jedi.[3] It was made possible by energy from the Living Force flowing into the Cosmic Force.[7] The Force Priestesses, who dwelled on the planet, said to be the origin of the midi-chlorians, taught the skill to Qui-Gon Jinn,[3] the first known Jedi to learn the secret. Unfortunately, his training was incomplete upon his death, so he could only manifest as a disembodied voice.[7] However, Qui-Gon was able to complete his training even in death, appearing to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine in an almost corporeal form.[8] Individuals such as Yoda were able to physically interact with the world and people around them and use the Force when appearing as spirits.[9] The secret was later passed on to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker.[4] The Sith were unable to manifest themselves after death, causing them to concentrate on gaining earthly power only.[1] One Sith, the Presence, was able to preserve part of her conscious essence so long as it was bound to an object like a Sith holocron.[10] Another, Lord Momin, had part of his consciousness preserved in his mask.[11]


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